Four months later I could run a 3.1 mile race in under a half hour -- certainly no grand time achievement, but a vast improvement over my first day, so quickly out of breath from starting out way to fast. By the end of the season I also met my first boyfriend. So I had fond memories of running in high school.
Fast forward almost 15 years. Running never became a "habit," though I've had a few sustained periods of increased physical activity. Since I sit all day, I'm starting to feel a little too stiff for my liking.
I'm going to run two races. The first will be a 5k for Exercise your Rights. But I want to keep up the momentum, because once I ran my race last August and drank that milkshake I'd been waiting for, I didn't run again. This year I plan on running a half marathon in mid-September. 13.1 miles. My goal -- to finish the race and more importantly, to make running a habit. I love my caloric vices too much to give those up.
Keep an eye on this blog for my progress and to cheer me on!